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El Ancla

$$ - $$$Seafood,
Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0716
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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Seafood, Costa Rican
$$ - $$$
Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice small restaurant at the beach. Sitting on small tables in the sand with some music background. Fish was delicious. Pay cash only.

Thank katmat1997
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

El Ancla ia a bit on rhe pricey side but in my book 11,000 colones ( wrh tip and beer about $20) for the best jumbo shrimp in garlic sauce I've evdr eaten was worfh it. Clientele is mostly Costa Rican. Great location outdoors on...More

Thank Playaman47
Reviewed 7 January 2018

We found that the food and service here to be really lacklustre. We had ceviche all over Samara, and this was average at best. The service was really slow, it took 20 minutes to have our drinks served and it wasn't overly busy. Would not...More

Thank Wubbelina
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Delish lobster for a great price. Also this restaurant is right on the beach. Its a great place to people watch and eat,

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Unlike other establishments on Playa Samara, El Ancla is locally owned and operated. In my books, that is already a win! My husband and I had lunch here and both order their signature dish: fish in house sauce. It was phenomenal! The sauce is a...More

Thank Magdalena S
Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent restaurant with a great view (see picture). We ordered three items. The ceviche (3,000 Colones) was good but not excellent, but the seafood chowder (6,000) and the fried fish (7,000) were both outstanding. Service was polite. The fact that waiters are...More

Thank AbuKalabsha
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

I gave this place a generous three stars based on the fact that it has a great beachfront location. It also has a few beach chairs which we have been utilizing the last couple of days while we hang out on samara beach. This place...More

Thank Hawaiifirefighter
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

We spend several months in Sámara every winter. Even though we have a well-equipped kitchen in the apartment that we rent, we come here at least once a week. The food is of high quality and the staff is friendly. They remember us from year...More

Thank Happywintertraveller
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Owned and operated by locals, this place is the spot for beautiful fresh seafood and cocktails. I loved the Camarones, and we ate there 4 or 5 times in just two weeks!

Thank Samara R
Reviewed 29 April 2017

have the pargo entero, whole fried red snapper, yum!! The service was good here and the drinks affordable. The view, amazing!

Thank Nicole M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0716
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